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[Clone Wars]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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[Random House, Inc.]

Matthew Stover
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2003)
Audio Book (2003, 2007)
Paperback Novel (2004)
e-Book (2005)

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3 reviews [Average review score: 4.5 / 5]

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace - and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.
Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic... and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.
The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Seperatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba - Mace's former Padawan and fellow council member - to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Seperatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now th Seperatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and of the darkness in the jungle... a recording in Depa's own voice.
Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.
Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy - and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid, when keepers of the peace are forced to make war...

The paperback version also includes the short story Equipment by Matthew Stover.

This story occurs 6 months after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 21 and a half years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Volkan Gün, Turkey, 2010:
"A great book written in his typical Matthew Stover style. Great characters and ambiance. A must have."
5 / 5

Review by Dirk Loechel, Germany, 2009:
A review from a non-fan perspective
This is the second Star Wars book I’ll review here, and one I bought in a bundle with Traitor, both books having been recommended by a friend to me. Traitor’s review is already up. You can find it on this page. Again disclaimer: I am not a fan. Not a hater either, but space opera just never has been what rocks my socks off.
Sometimes, I felt a bit left out. I don’t recognize equipment by name and have to guess what, for example, a Merr-Son Power 5 is (or look it up on wookieepedia – usually, one can guess, though), I sometimes have trouble with the myriad species this universe offers (again, gotta wookiee it), and I probably missed a lot of hints to events covered in other books or the movies.
However, I caught something else. This book is an interpretation of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, famously adapted by Francis Ford Coppola as Apocalypse Now. Or maybe it is an adaptation of Apolcalyse Now – the liberal use of napalm and the idea of an officer sent to deal with a rogue commander whose rebel army does unspeakable things is obvious, too. Either way, this is something I really didn’t expect when I picked it up.
The interpretation is rather free – naturally, given it is transported not only into space opera but also a pre-existing and very detailed world, the Star Wars shared universe. Still, the vibe of both books remains. Civilisation ends here, and all it’s shackles, rules, and sanity vanish.
As Mace’s journey to retrieve his lost Padawan proceeds, he meets natives – his own kin, since as a baby he was taken from there – traverses the horrid, hellish jungle, meets the jungle’s avatar (a dark Jedi of sorts actually), witnesses two massacres, witnesses a few children whom he saved from certain death betray him and other things both best left unspoilered and unsaid, and that is before he even meets what’s become of his former Padawan. It goes downhill there for Mace, and even the end is a phyrric victory.
This book is considerably brutal, sporting scenes that could lead it to fall into gorn, as so many other authors of scifantasy do. It doesn’t. Instead, it makes the reader emphathise with the protagonist, describing his reactions to the only briefly brushed over carnage. It does so pretty well.
Where this book really excels, though, is where the Jedi philosopohy and how a Jedi knight works are described. Usually, The Jedi feel a bit odd – pacifist warrior monks with a few levels in cleric for good measure. Here, they are shown to be awesome, but with a codex – a codex not based on moralism, but on how the force works. Intriguing. Also, mace just rocks. The journals add another layer of depth to his character, one he really deserves, and round this book out, balancing the combat heaviness with moments of insight and contemplation.
Overall Impression: awesome.
5 / 5

Review by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics, 2006:
"One of the hardest tasks in Star Wars fiction writing is taking a character created by George Lucas who, although appearing for not very long in any of the films, is still a fundamental character to the overall story. This is the only fiction novel that features Mace Windu in the lead role and Matthew Stover has taken Windu's brief, but nevertheless important, appearances and created a complete story around the Jedi Master.
"Stover's premise is that Mace's Force sensitivity is knowing where the shatterpoint for any situation or person, the point which will literally shatter the prevailing situation and change the outcome. Following the start of the Clone Wars, Mace is haunted by the knowledge that he knew what the shatterpoint for the Battle of Geonosis was. It was for him to kill Dooku when he had the chance and because he didn't, the Clone Wars is its outcome.
"Mace is dispatched to the jungle planet Haruun Kal, incidentally his own homeworld, to locate his former padawan who appears to have gone rogue. Stover succeeds in giving us a valuable insight into the mind of this Jedi Council Master as he contemplates the outcome of his (in)actions at Geonosis whilst he tries to survive in an almost impassable jungle which just happens to be populated by Force sensitive natives and animals.
"Stover successfully conveys the paradox that is the complexity of jungle life with its primitive way of living."
3.5 / 5

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